Ugh, it's that time again.
NO SHOPPING MAY is back and I am not pleased.
You longtime readers will know this is the third year in a row I'm attempting this - see the first year's announcement here and last year's here - and one of my "27 in 27" things to accomplish this year was another successful NO SHOPPING MAY. I managed to do it two years in a row, so can the third year really be that bad?
But actually, I have a feeling the third time is not going to be the charm - in fact, why do I have a feeling it's actually going to be the hardest? I've got a lot of stuff/updates/changes going on right now and I could totally see myself using shopping as a pleasant distraction... major bummer.
As a reminder, I'm posting the general rules...
1. No shopping. None. No buying things from malls, online, from catalogues - nada.
2. There is an exception to the rule - gift cards! I HOARD gift cards for some reason - maybe subconsciously prepping for this month - and allow myself to shop using a gift card, since that means I'm not spending any money. However - the entire cost must be covered by the gift card. Not a single dollar can go towards the purchase.
3. Gifts are allowed (hell, and welcomed!) But it's not okay to ask someone to buy you something and promise to pay them back. Nope.
I love how I take these rules so seriously, when I'm the one who invented them/did this to myself! Haha. But I am adding one addendum...
This year, if I absolutely must, I can buy one thing. I have a feeling I'll probably use that little "emergency clause" because we have a billion weddings and showers coming up and I've been on the hunt for a new dress. I'm not saying I DEFINITELY will buy something during NSM, just saying that I'm allowing myself the option if need be.
Anyway... that's that. Blah. Hmph. Leave me a note of encouragement in the comments... or join me! Strength in numbers, right?!